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A Thankful Heart

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. These verses from Philippians capture my heart this week, as I write my...

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Weight or Wait.

The World Does this Advent seem darker than usual? The world so full of fury? Our families and friends more burdened with painful toil? Even as radio rings with Christmas tunes, doesn't the joy sound discordant once the news comes on? Night after night, we hear and see stories of destroyed lives and battered hopes. Signs of panic and deep fear are everywhere: in the ranti...

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Dear Friends, You might remember this diagram: It's taken from William Bridges' helpful book Managing Transitions. Bridges differentiates between change, which is situational and concrete, and transition, which is our psychological response to change. Change can happen quickly; transition takes much longer to move through. Bridges says that transition is "a three-phase p...

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Convention Thanks

Dear Friends, What a remarkable Diocesan Convention we shared! Here are a few highlights of our time together: Our opening Eucharist began a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. (Video of Bishop Duncan's sermon coming soon!) Mark Stevenson, Lucas Waters, Deanna Briody andDn. Bill Lytledramatized a wonderful picture of our first bishop, Jo...

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Not in Vain

Dear friends, The priest sat before me and asked a poignant, heart-wrenching question: "I have faith and vision, I had a clear picture of what God was calling me (and us) to do, so why hasn't it happened? Have I heard wrong?" Our conversation was reminiscent of those I have had with so many of you. If we are honest, most of us have had an experience something like this on...

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Anxiety and the Psalms.

Dear friends, Last week's PA about strategies for managing anxiety generated more response than usual, so I was fascinated to read this article about what neuroscientists recommend as antidotes for worry. Please read it! (It's not long, and it's intriguing.) The article contends that our brains are wired to reinforce worry. Neuroscientists have found that four practices c...

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Anxiety Alert

Dear Friends, What a great clergy conference we had two weeks ago! Canon Phil Ashey talked to us about the life cycle of a congregation and gave good guidance about leading a congregation in light of its "life stage." Lots of us gained new insights into our leadership as a result. Avoiding the red zone Canon Phil aslo suggested that many of us enter a "red zone" when we...

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And Fret Not...

Dear partners in Christ A number of you wrote in response to last week's PA, in which I described two lessons I was learning as I faced challenging pastoral situations. Fr. Dan Crawford wrote: I needed to read "Give up. Slow down" this past week. And the refrain in Psalm 37 also sticks in my head: "Fret not". So I turned to the psalm and found that Dan was right. I've ...

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Blind Curve Ahead

Dear friends, Not long ago, I was faced with a challenging pastoral situation. A deeply-Christian therapist gave me two pieces of incredibly wise advice: First: "You have to give up any idea that you are the expert, that you are an effective Canon." Her words shocked me, but struck home. In any pastoral situation, I want desperately to do a good job. I want to help, to ...

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Fruitfulness - in season and out.

July 24 Pittsburgh Advance, "Fruitfulness- in season and out. ...

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